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Vasily Kostenko

  • Vasily Kostenko has been at HSE University since 2012.

Education and Degrees

  • 2017

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)

  • 2011

    Orel State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

2023. 6th School of young scientists "Basics of healthy nutrition and ways of prevention of alimentary-dependent diseases. Stress, nutrition, adaptation". October, Federal Research Centre for Nutrition, Biotechnology and Food Safety, Moscow.

2022. Anti-crisis digital communications in the admission campaign. June, HSE University, St. Petersburg.

2020. Entrepreneurial thinking and support of students' entrepreneurial projects. May-June, HSE University, Moscow.

2018. Wachstum ermöglichen. Veränderungsprozesse begleiten in Psychotherapie und Beratung. 26 - 30 April 2018, GLE-International, Dresden, Germany

2017. Data Analysis in Social Sciences.
23 July - 6 August 2017, Summer School, Moscow district

2014. Autumn School on Data Analysis.
20 - 28 October 2014, Voronovo Trainig Centre, Moscow

2014. Stanford Online. Writing in the Sciences.
September - November 2014, Online Course

2012. GESIS Summer School on Survey Methodology: Web Surveys
11 - 25 August 2012 Cologne, Germany

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2021, 2019

Young Faculty Support Programme (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "New Researchers" (2017-2018)

Courses (2024/2025)

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Theories of Personality (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; 3 year, 1, 2 module)Rus


2023-2026. The Potential of Agency: An Approach through the Possible Self and the Quality of Choice (Russian Science Foundation, principal investigator).

2020-2022. Measurement of Personality Development with Sentence Completion Test: Conceptual Issues and the Status of the Rater (Russian Science Foundation, principal investigator).

2020-2021. Variety of Possible Selves: The Role of Agency and Empirical Evidence Review (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, principal investigator).

2019-2021. Development of Personality in Students with Disability in Conditions of Inclusive Distance Learning (Russian Foundation for Basic Research).

2017-2019. Personality Development Through the Transition from Childhood to Adulthood: Psychological Mechanisms, Indicators, and Trajectories (Russian Foundation for Basic Research).

2016-2017. Investigation of the Psychological Characteristics of Parenthood of a Child with Developmental Disabilities in Biological and Foster Families (Russian Foundation for Humanities).

2014-2016. The Role of Inner Dialogue and Self-reflection in Personality Self-regulation, Self-attitude, and Self-development (Russian Foundation for Humanities).

Dissertation for a degree of Candidate of Science



  • 2018
    International Symposium "Happiness beyond well-being" (Москва). Presentation: Through the lens of personality development: Where mindfulness and self-reflection come into balance?
  • Международная научно-практическая конференция «Личность в эпоху перемен: mobilis in mobili» (Москва). Presentation: Ресурсы саморегуляции в их связи с развитием личности
  • 2017
    17th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (Tokio, Japan). Presentation: Further evidence for Vygotsky's laws of personality development
  • 9th SELF Biennial International Conference (Melbourne, Australia). Presentation: Impossible selves: empirical specification of H. Markus' Possible selves theory
  • 2016
    9th International Conference on Dialogical Self (Lublin, Poland). Presentation: The contribution of self-reflection and inner dialogue to ego development
  • II Международный семинар "Психология диалога и мир человека" (Уфа). Presentation: Внутренняя диалоговая активность и рефлексивные процессы на различных уровнях развития личности
  • 2015
    III Всероссийская конференция по психологической диагностике (Челябинск). Presentation: Проблема психометрической проверки методик с выбором номинативного варианта ответа
  • 2013
    1st World Conference on Personality (Stellenbosch, South Africa). Presentation: Using the Internet in longitudinal personality research: advantages and restrictions
  • 2012
    6th European Conference on Positive Psychology (Москва). Presentation: Член организационного комитета

Employment history

From 2012 I have been working in the Laboratory of Positive Psychology under the guidance of prof. D.A. Leontiev (at first in the Academic Group of Positive Psychology and Quality of Life, then in the International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation); from 2020 to the present time, I am an associate professor in the School of Psychology and academic supervisor of master's program "Positive Psychology." I lead academic and applied research projects and develop education programs.


Academic supervision of the master's program "Positive Psychology". Management of applied projects. Conducting academic research on personality development.

Timetable for today

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Russian Science Foundation Supports 15 Projects by HSE’s Early-Career Researchers

The Russian Science Foundation has announced the results of the youth contests of the Presidential Programme. HSE University’s early-career researchers are receiving grants for research projects in economics, psychology, sociology, political science, law, mathematics, information science, optics, engineering, and ocean studies.

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How solitude differs from loneliness